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Up Close With Lions And Tigers Rescued From The Underworld

The public is welcome at Germany's "Big Cat Sanctuary," a place of last resort for animals once in the grips of illegal circuses and mob traffickers.

Tiger at Ansbach's Big Cat Sanctuary
Tiger at Ansbach's Big Cat Sanctuary
Tim Sauer

ANSBACH Very few people drive down this tiny deserted road. When a car approaches on the opposite side, you basically have to drive into the ditch to avoid a collision. Fields border the road on both sides, and only a few trees and houses can be seen in the distance.

The surrounding landscape doesn't offer a clue about the true forces of nature to be found nearby. Only seven kilometers from Ansbach is the home of the "Big Cat Sanctuary," known more formally as the Sanctuary for Predators and Exotic Animals. The animals who live here are predators who are potentially lethal to humans, and they have been saved from illegal trafficking and exploitation.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

-Analysis-

LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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